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Detroit, MI, 48207
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Cooking Matters Is Thankful for You!

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters is Thankful for You!
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Cooking Matters is Thankful for YOU!!

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your time, expertise, and support with the Cooking Matters Program in Southeastern Michigan!  We are VERY thankful for all you do!!

The Cooking Matters Program depends on all your hard work and dedication.  We're so glad to count you as part of our team!

Open Volunteer Advisory Committee Meeting:  Please Join Us!

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The Cooking Matters Volunteer Advisory Committee will be holding an open meeting on

Monday, November 13th, 2017 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
VRoom at Gleaners Community Food Bank 

The Committee will be discussing 2017 progress in the areas of Volunteer: 
-Volunteer Culture 

The Committee will also be thanking outgoing Members, and welcoming New Members. 

Please join us!

Substitutes Needed!


Even if you haven't got time for a whole class series, please check in with the Cooking Matters Michigan BLOG to view our "One-Time Volunteers Needed" page with substitute volunteer opportunities.

This list changes often!  If no one-time volunteer opportunities fit your schedule, check again soon! 

Contact Carolyn with questions, or to sign up for class:  313-923-3535 x 257, 313-580-9822, or

Food For Thought Podcast


The Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM), located in Lansing, seeks to unite food banks and emergency resources across the state of Michigan to more effectively combat hunger and create more food secure communities. The council has a podcast that airs on WJR called Food For Thought, hosted by Dr. Phil Knight, the executive director of FBCM. Dr. Knight uses this radio platform to discuss these issues of hunger with government and industry leaders, including nonprofit organizations. All podcasts from 2017 can be found on the WJR website here, and new episodes air on Sundays at 9pm.

AmeriCorps Visit D.C.

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Amy Ervin and Anna Harris in Washington, D.C.

This month, Share Our Strength hosted Cooking Matters AmeriCorps team members  at a conference in Washington D.C.  Gleaners Community Food Bank's AmeriCorps Members, Amy Ervin and Anna Harris had the priviledge to attend.

Amy and Anna joined Cooking Matters AmeriCorps team members from across the nation to share experiences, advice, and the Nation's Capitol.  Thank you to Share Our Strength for offering a great learning experience in an amazing city!

Thank you again to Amy and Anna for a year of service to Southeast Michigan, Cooking Matters, and Gleaners Community Food Bank!  We're so glad you're a part of the team! 

Generosity Doubled!

Cooking Matters and Gleaners Community Food Bank are extremely grateful for ALL you share with our program!  We genuinely couldn't do our work without you!

Many of our Volunteers are also fortunate to be donors to Gleaners; helping feed our hungry neighbors.  The programs below will allow those contributions to go twice as far!

Hunger Free in the D is a program that allows all donations made, now through November 20th, 2017 to be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 by the Celani Family Foundation.  Reach out to donate through Hunger Free in the D online, on the Gleaners Community Food Bank website.  

Another opportunity to match your donation dollar-for-dollar comes Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  On this Double Your Donation Day at Gleaners Community Food Bank, all donations to Gleaners will be doubled by another generous donor.  

Reach out to donate on Tuesday, November 14, by calling 855-315-FOOD (3663).

Participant Quote of the Month

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"This is the BEST thing I ever tasted!"

-Cooking Matters for Kids Participant

Volunteer Spotlight:  Audrey Fotouhi

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Cooking Matters Nutrition Instructor:  Audrey Fotouhi

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit surrounded by a diverse group of people. I became a vegetarian in middle school and a vegan before college and became very interested in food and nutrition then. I studied nutritional sciences at Cornell for my undergrad education with the intention of becoming a dietician. I was actively involved with a vegan organization on campus and a social justice organization and realized then that I wanted to do more than what I could do as a dietician. After graduating college I spent some time in Boston at a dermatology clinic and then moved back to Michigan to start medical school at Wayne State.

What led you to the Cooking Matters program?

When I started med school at Wayne, I found an organization called Food Medicine who happened to have a close partnership with Cooking Matters! I became interested right away and went through the orientation with Carolyn. While I was in busy anatomy lab season, I did a lot of one-time volunteer opportunities and then once I had more free time started volunteering with classes. I am now the president of Food Med and recruit med students to volunteer with Cooking Matters as well!

What is your favorite part of volunteering for the Cooking Matters program?

I love the flexibility of finding a class that works with your schedule, skill set, or interests. I was concerned it would be difficult to volunteer as a busy student, but quickly found out that no matter what you have going on, there is a way you can get involved. I loved teaching nutrition in a kids class and seeing the change from beginning to end of the class. The absolute best part of volunteering is seeing the excitement on people’s faces when they learn something new about health that they can apply to their daily lives.

Do you have a favorite moment from a Cooking Matters class you would like to share?

In the kid’s class I worked with, we cooked with tofu one of the weeks. I know kids are picky and people tend to have a bad impression of tofu, so I wasn’t expecting a warm reception (even though it is one of my fave foods). I was shocked that that meal turned out to be one of the favorites we made in the entire class. The kids LOVED the tofu.

What ingredients will we always find in your kitchen?

Canned beans (especially chickpeas), hummus, loads of fruit, and lots of herbs, spices, and sauces. I love to mix up a ton of veggies and saute or roast them with different sauces and spices. Fruit is my go-to breakfast (usually 3-5 bananas) and lunch some days so I keep plenty of it in the house. And canned beans are the easiest addition to any dish- or a quick snack when mixed with some turmeric, nutritional yeast, cumin, and Bragg’s aminos.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my free time I do hot yoga, skiing (in the winter), visiting our cottage (in the summer) and skin cancer imaging research! I also love to cook for my family on the days I have extra time.

Do you have a recipe you'd like to share?

This recipe for African Peanut Stew is one of my all-time faves. It is quick and super nutritious and perfect for cold November weather.

Employment Opportunities with Gleaners Community Food Bank!

Gleaners Community Food Bank is currently hiring for several positions, including: 

• AmeriCorps Member - FREC 

• Warehouse Volunteer Coordinator
(not Cooking Matters) 

• Grant Writer 

Please visit the Careers page on the Gleaners Community Food Bank website to view additional position openings, and for more information.

Be on the lookout for new site opportunities!


Do you know an organization that would like to host a Cooking Matters Series?

We are currently seeking suggestions for new Cooking Matters Host Agencies. Potential sites should serve low income populations and be able to recruit 15-18 participants who can commit to a six week series. Please contact Rebecca with any ideas: (313) 923-3535 x 202 or



We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the new volunteers who recently attended New Volunteer Orientation and Training:

  • Carol L.
  • Jon E.
  • Kristen S.
  • Sydney H.
  • Tiffany H.

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Volunteers Needed

Cooking Matters for Kids 11/13/2017 - 12/18/2017 


4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Boys and Girls Club of Oakland and Macomb Counties 

Gerry Kulick Community Center 

1201 Livernois 

Ferndale, MI 48220 

Nutrition Instructor 

Cooking Matters for Teens 

This is a class for special needs teens and young adults. 

11/13/2017 - 12/18/2017 


11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

The Lincoln Center at Beacon Day Treatment 

12601 McCann Ave. 

Southgate, MI 48195 

Culinary Instructor 

Cooking Matters for Parents 

11/15/2017 - 12/20/2017 


9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Bussey Center for Early Childhood Education 

24501 Frederick St. 

Southfield, MI 48076 

Culinary Instructor 

Cooking Matters for Teens 

01/09/2018 - 02/13/2018 


4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Boys and Girls Club of Oakland and Macomb Counties 

Gerry Kulick Community Center 

1201 Livernois 

Ferndale, MI 48220 

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 

Cooking Matters para padres 

*Spanish speaking volunteers a plus* 

01/10/2018 - 02/14/2018 


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Hispanic Outreach Services 

76 Williams 

Pontiac, MI 48083 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Classroom Assistant 

Cooking Matters for Adults

01/11/2018 - 02/15/2018 


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Heritage Place of Lake Orion 

211 Atwater St. 

Lake Orion, MI 48362 

Nutrition Instructor 

Cooking Matters para adultos 

01/22/2018 - 03/05/2018 Mondays 

Skip 2/19/2017 

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

L’Anse Creuse Public Schools 

24067 F.V. Pankow Blvd. 

Clinton Township, MI 48036 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant 

Cooking Matters for Adults 

01/25/2018 - 03/01/2018 


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Advantage Family Heath Center 

4669 East 8 Mile 

Warren, MI 48091 

Nutrition Instructor 

Cooking Matters para adultos 

*Spanish speaking volunteers a plus* 

03/01/2018 - 04/12/2018 


*Skip 4/5/2017* 

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Ford Resource and Engagement Center 

2826 Bagley Ave 

Detroit, MI 48216 

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 

Cooking Matters for Families 

04/10/2018 - 05/15/2018 


5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Hazel Park District Library 

123 E. Nine Mile 

Hazel Park, MI 48331 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

For a list of all of our volunteer opportunities, click here.

This material was partially funded by the State of Michigan with federal funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by way of the Michigan Nutrition Network at the Michigan Fitness Foundation. This work is supported in part by the Michigan Department of Human Services, under contract number ADMIN-10-99011. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Michigan Fitness Foundation or the Michigan Department of Human Services. In accordance with Federal law and USDA policy, these institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720- 6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more contact the toll free Michigan Food Assistance Program Hotline at (855) ASK-MICH.
Tel: (313) 923-3535, ext. 257
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